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At present we practise on the 2nd 4th and 5th Wednesday evenings
at 8 pm at Northgate Church Hall in Warwick.
 
Practices are open to anyone who would like to attend -
We should like to encourage new members, both singers and players, to join us,
so do come along on a Wednesday evening and find out what it's all about! 
 
See the 'New Members' page for further details.

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Mid Shires Quires Day
Saturday 29th April 2017
10.00 am - 4.30 pm
A Day of West Gallery music by local composers
for singers and instrumentalists
.
at

Byfield Village Hall, Northants.
NN11 6UT

Beacause of space, tickets have to be limited
to 80 people on a first come first served basis.
Pleasebook this date NOW!!
Booking Form

   
   

If you would like any further details, or would like adding to our circulation list,
please
contact us

Immanuel's Ground is a Quire based in Warwick, was formed in the Autumn of 2001, and draws members from the "Heart of England", which, generally speaking, is Oxfordshire, Northants, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. We also have members from further afield.

As a costumed quire, we sing music from the West Gallery period, ie roughly between 1725 and 1850, this including not only the sacred music sung in rural parish churches, so well recorded by Thomas Hardy in "Under the Greenwood Tree", but also secular part-songs, glees and catches, and the popular music of the period, with especial emphasis on local composers and musicians. This is accompanied by a small number of instruments such as would have been found in any village band of that time.

The other part of our repertoire comes from a parallel and living singing tradition in America, and especially New England, that of shapenote music, with its exciting and sometimes unexpected harmonies, kept alive since the time of the earliest settlers. We also include some of the new compositions still being written today. 

We take part in concerts, church services (usually a form of evening service), carols - concerts, services and pub sessions - and are happy to share the music with local choirs by workshops and other participatory events, either on their own or as a prelude to a shared service. Local historical material is included wherever possible.  See where we shall be in the coming months.

We would like to encourage additional players of appropriate instruments (strings, bassoon, clarinet, flute etc),  and singers - particularly MALE TENORS in order to strengthen the lead lines.  Much of the music is tenor-led, i.e., the tune is sung by the Tenors, and the Trebles have a very important counterpoint.

Do come along to a practice and see just how different this music is; details of how to contact us can be found here.
 

Our repertoire and details of concerts and workshops, etc, can be found here.


The Quire in 1891


Stoneleigh - May 2016


Immanuel's Ground at
Walton d'Eivile, Warwickshire, All Saints Day Evensong, Sunday 1st November 2015

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